Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity

GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION

to create a 

SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC SYSTEM 

that generates

PEACE & EARTH SYSTEMS WELLNESS

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W h a t

  THE COMMONWEALTH FOR EARTH & HUMANITY

works to create

Global Demilitarization 

through 

National Military Budget Reductions of 5% a year 

to use for 

Earthcare, Human Development, 

Social Stabilization and Infrastructure 

that create

Enlightened People, Thriving Families, 

Creative Communities, Worker-Owned Cooperatives,  

Regional Integrated Cooperation,

International Peace and a Sustainable Planet

From a CEH Trustee

THE TIME IS NOW... FOR BUILDING THE ARK

“We often hear that humanity is at a critical decision point: either we take on the mantel of planetary curator and take conscious, purposeful, intentional action to safeguard life and the conditions for life on Earth, or we slip into the role of planetary home-wrecker through myopic self-interest and willing ignorance of the damage we do.  

     But it is not enough just to point out this situation or to lament it. There are all too few initiatives that actually seek to address this fundamentally existential concern.

     The Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity (CEH) is a bold initiative that seeks to do just that. 

     As Charles Dudley Warner observed, 'Everybody complains about the weather,  but nobody does anything about it,'  to which Don Beck has a most fitting admonition:  ‘No more prizes for forecasting the rain; only prizes for building the ark.’ 

     CEH is one such ark, but it needs to be built, and that will take courage, vision, participation and collaboration. The time is nigh. The time is now.”

Dr. Alexander Laszlo, President

The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science

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T h e 7 W h y s

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1. EXTERNALITIES

Many corporations are destroying the planet by not accounting for “externalities” that push the cost of products off the corporate balance sheet, onto the public to clean-up. 

    If a product is unsafe for the environment humans depend on for survival, it should not be produced.

    Example: TOXIC AIR , WATER & LAND from industrial chemicals, manufacturing and oils spills are polluting the air, water and land, harming birds, animals and humans. 

    Example: CARBON & METHANE EMISSIONS are heating the air and water, causing droughts, heat waves, massive fires, super-storms, melting ice and rising sea levels.

    Example: STYROFOAM (expanded polystyrene) takes 500 years to forever to decompose, filled-up 30 percent of landfill space that is fast becoming full, and sickens and kills animals and fish.

    Example: PLASTIC POLLUTION is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles from plastic bottles, bags and microbeads in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans. It can afflict land, waterways and oceans.  Marine animals can be harmed either by mechanical effects, such as entanglement in plastic objects, problems related to ingestion of plastic waste, or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that interfere with their physiology. Effects on humans include disruption of various hormonal mechanisms. The bodies of 90% of seabirds contain plastic debris. 

By 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight

2. THE MYTH OF THE FUNCTIONING MARKET

Markets are driven by profit and humans are susceptible to obsession and greed. The need for a sustainable planet has been ignored by the market as governments are corrupted and controlled by billionaires and mega corporations to allow them to keep producing oil, plastic and industrial waste that leads to overheating of the environment and destruction of the biosphere. Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.

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3. EXTINCTION

Humans have been evolving for 200,000 years.  In just 200 years of industrial expansion and exploitation of nature, carbon-based and methane producing industries are destroying the biosphere for future generations.  Animals are going extinct.  Humans may be extinct in 200 years or less.  See Is This Our Final Century? by UK Royal Astronomer Martin Rees.

4. HYPER-FINANCIAL CAPITALISM

Capitalism grew from Feudalism to Agrarian Capitalism to Industrial Capitalism to Financial Capitalism and now Data & Surveillance Capitalism. 

   Today, only 30% of the world benefit significantly through capitalism. The top  1% own 50%, 10% own 85%, and the top 30% of humanity own 97% of world wealth, with 70% of humanity having no access to investments.  95% of income gains since 2009 went to the top 1%. The richest 1% will own 2/3 of global wealth by 2030. 

   With electronic-financial capitalism, a multi-billionaire who invests a billion dollars, at a 10% return-on-investment in a hedge fund, can make $100,000,000 a year by doing nothing, and adding no value to the world.  

   For the super-rich, wealth is growing at super-speed.  As their wealth grows, they pay more for goods and services such as housing (see Homewreckers by Aaron Glanz), harming the 70% who grow relatively poorer due to rising prices and stagnant income. 

   As shareholder and CEO wealth rise due to corporate stock buybacks,  worker wages remains flat. “The rich grow richer, and the poor grow poorer”  has never been truer.  

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5. STARVING CIVILIZATION & HUMANITY

Vast wealth is then taken off-shore, avoiding taxes, needed to pay for Earth care, human development, social services and needed infrastructure. 

    See the Panama Papers, an investigation revealing the offshore links of some of the world’s most prominent leaders, celebrities and criminals.

6. VIOLENCE, POVERTY & GLOBAL MIGRATION

People are fleeing violence and poverty all around the world. What is causing this?

     When a small business gets started in these countries, criminals may tell a business owner if they don't give them $1,500 each month in extortion fees, they will kill a relative. 

    This local violence, civil and international wars, and the joblessness that follows, drive global migration.  Local and national government corruption of leaders, the military, police and bureaucrats, by organized criminals and drug gangs, need National Anti-Corruption Commissions to eradicate corruption, to help create sustainable economies in these nations. Regional Peace & Sustainability Summits are need for all parts of the world.  

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7. THE NEED FOR GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION

In the United Nations, all Permanent Members of the Security Council compete to sell weapons for profit, fostering violence and war, massive migration, arrival-country destabilization, hatred of immigrants and the rise of reactionary politics worldwide.

    Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters were on the United Nations  Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018. They have turned the UN into an arms bazaar.

    Over 3.5 trillion dollars a year is spent on global military, espionage, surveillance, clandestine operations, police and prisons to control humanity, using-up scarce resources needed for Earthcare and Humancare.

    We need GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION if we are to create a SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC SYSTEM that generates PEACE & EARTH SYSTEMS WELLNESS.

To be a member or affiliate of the 

Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity,

to start a CEH Club, or to be a CEH Trustee

contact SanfordHinden@SacredEarth Center.org

Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity – 2020 Update

THE 2019 REGRESSION OF WORLD DEMOCRACY  

  • The Democracy Index (DI) measures the state of democracy in 167 countries. In addition to a numeric score and a ranking, the index categorizes each country in one of four regime types: full democracies, flawed democracies, hybrid regimes and authoritarian regimes.
  • It scores 1) Electoral Process & Pluralism, 2) Functioning of Government, 3) Political Participation and 4) Political Culture. 
  • The hatred, fascism and oppression unleashed in the world in these past years by leaders in Russia (DI ranked 144th), the United States (25th), China (130th), Saudi Arabia (159th) and India (41st), further play into the hands of authoritarian leaders to manipulate and control their people.
  • These authoritarian leaders are often delusional, creating mass delusion by hypnotically repeating their false beliefs again and again. 
  • Their followers are susceptible to their hypnotic suggestions because they are not rational, and ignore facts and science, and cannot think critically or deeply.
  • Their followers are essentially in a political cult of fear and loyalty, with a religious-like veneration and devotion directed toward the delusional authoritarian leader. Many of these followers are like fearful children of an abusive parent.

 

WORKING FOR A BETTER WORLD

  • I started working for peace and nature in 1979 by creating Universal Children’s Gardens.  Since then, I have worked on many programs for peace and Earth sustainability. In 2015, I created the Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity (CEH).  
  • Since 2015, Alexander Laszlo, a global systems educator, has become a CEH International Trustee.
  • CEH is not a nonprofit. Over the years, I started four nonprofits, and became a fundraiser, and learned that without a strong Board, nonprofits fail. 
  • So, I decided to first create a Board of Trustees for CEH before becoming a formal organization. 
  • At this time, CEH has no volunteers, legal or financial structure.
  • The next step would be to continue to seek to build a Board, and to work collaboratively with good people. 

 

CEH GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION EDUCATION

  • CEH needs to build public understanding of the need for simultaneous, gradual, global demilitarization.
  • As local issues often trump international issues, Peace, Demilitarization, and the money it could free-up for Earthcare, Human Development, Social Stabilization and Infrastructure is not a widely understood issue. 
  • Probably only 5% of the global population understand this thinking. 
  • Most people just accept militarism, and don’t think there is anything they can do about it.
  • We need to make the case that peace and global demilitarization is winnable.
  • When we live in a world of competing “enemies”, demilitarizing seems idealistic, utopian and not realistic.
  • Demilitarization at this time is not politically feasible as Republicans and Democrats treat the military budget as a “sacred cow”, because to be an empire, that controls markets, requires massive military spending.
  • The United States spends more on its military ($738 billion in 2020) than the next 10 nations. Thus, it has little money for education, healthcare, childcare, affordable housing, decent retirement, water quality, bridge repair — all we think of as  defining a “modern society.” 
  • Unilateral demilitarization by a super power may put them at a disadvantage, thus the need for gradual global demilitarization through 5% reduction of national budgets, simultaneously, by all nations.  
  • With “No Justice, No Peace” as a driving slogan, peace is less popular among many activists. 
  • The 2020 presidential election campaign in the United States is very important, and many peace, justice and sustainability organizers are involved with Bernie Sanders campaign.
  • We need to figure out how to make peace part of the justice and sustainability agenda.
  • Providing Global Demilitarization Education presentations for social justice and environmental advocates would be helpful.

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 CEH POLICY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS 

  • Global demilitarization "policy victories" could happen, making peace and sustainability truly possible, if we can collaborate with national leaders such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to craft policy aligned with the Green New Deal
  • We would need to convince others in the US Congress and globally of the need for simultaneous, gradual, global demilitarization. 


FUNDING NEEDED FOR CEH WORK  

  • Many intelligent people are busy with their career, family, and other volunteer projects and organizations. They do not have the time and resources to volunteer to focus on this work in a significant way. 
  • To do the work of CEH Global Education Outreach to social justice and environmental groups, to raise consciousness of the need for simultaneous, gradual, global demilitarization, and to do the work of CEH Lobbying for Policy Development with national and global policymakers, would need full-time staff to sustain a focused commitment to this work.


GOING FORWARD

  • To be an Affiliate Organization, CEH Advisor, CEH Trustee or to participate in development discussion, contact me

~ Sandy Hinden 

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